By Naomi Iizuka and directed by Brian Gillespie.
Performances at the following dates/times:
February 26 & 27 at 7 pm, February 28 at 2 pm
March 4 & 5 at 7 pm, March 6 at 2 pm
Synopsis of POLAROID STORIES by Naomi Iizuka
A visceral blend of classical mythology and real life stories told by street kids, Naomi lizuka’s Polaroid Stories journeys into a dangerous world where myth-making fulfills a fierce need for transcendence, where storytelling has the power to transform a reality in which characters’ lives are continually threatened, devalued and effaced. Not all the stories these characters tell are true; some are lies, wild yams, clever deceits, baroque fabrications. But whether or not a homeless kid invents an incredible history for himself isn’t the point, explains diarist-of-the-street Jim Grimsley. “All these stories and lies add up to something like the truth.” Inspired in part by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories takes place on an abandoned pier on the outermost edge of a city, a way stop for dreamers, dealers and desperadoes, a no-man’s land where runaways seek camaraderie, refuge and escape. Serpentine routes from the street to the heart characterize the interactions in this spellbinding tale of young people pushed to society’s fringe. Informed, as well, by interviews with young prostitutes and street kids, Polaroid Stories conveys a whirlwind of psychic disturbance, confusion and longing. Like their mythic counterparts, these modem-day mortals are engulfed by needs that burn and consume. Their language mixes poetry and profanity, imbuing the play with lyricism and great theatrical force.
About the Director
Brian Gillespie (Director) Serves as Artistic Director for Pull Together Productions in New York City where he has directed Twelve Nights by Sean Graney, Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire, and Virus Attacks Heart by Shannon Murdoch. He has also directed in NYC for Primary Stages, Boomerang Theatre Co., New York Musical Theatre Festival, The Samuel French Short Play Festival, Hamlet Isn’t Dead, Rising Sun Performance Company, AMIOS, Distilled Theatre Co., The Internationalists, CAPS LOCK Theatre, and Anthem Theatre Co. Acting work includes: Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Classical Theater of Harlem, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, TheaterWorks Palo Alto, and A Noise Within. Brian is a member of Actors’ Equity, Directors Lab Chicago, Directors Lab North, and the League of Independent Theater. He holds an MFA from the University of Washington and was also a 2-day champion on the game show, Jeopardy! briangillespie.com